Argan Oil Kernel Cracking
A woman removes the kernels from the hard outer shell found in the argan fruit at a cooperative in Henchane. Women, who use rocks to crack the shell, traditionally practice this work.
Before the kernel can be pressed for oil production, the hard outer-shell surrounding it must first be cracked, and the kernel removed. Several attempts have been made to mechanize this process, but due the delicate nature of the kernels themselves, no efficient methods have been developed. The shells provide great fuel for fires, burning hot and slow. They are sold on markets to potters, bakers and Hamams.